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Strong Runner Chick Radio

By Megan Flanagan
SRC Radio by Strong Runner Chicks aims to educate, empower, and connect women-identifying distance runners. We believe that there is no one-size fits all approach to running and that everyone has a story to tell. Through our podcast, we strive to further this mission through conversations with runners of all backgrounds, as well as leading experts on a variety of topics and coaches in the field.
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Episode 128: Elizabeth Carey on Being a Writer, Runner, Coach, and Author of Girls Running

Strong Runner Chick Radio

Episode 128: Elizabeth Carey on Being a Writer, Runner, Coach, and Author of Girls Running

Strong Runner Chick Radio

Episode 179: Nell Rojas, on Marathon Training for Boston, Strength Training, and Progressing in the Sport
Nell Rojas joins us for the show today to discuss marathon training, coaching, her journey through running, strength training, and much more. Nell's Bio:  Nell is an elite marathon runner and running and strength coach. She found marathon running late in her career and has had recent success placing 9th at the 2020 Marathon Olympic Trials, winning Grandma's Marathon, and qualifying for the 10k olympic trials. Nell has been coaching athletes for 15 years with a focus on strength training for runners. She ran at the University of Northern Arizona and competed as a professional triathlete after college. Connect with Nell: Website: Email: Instagram: @nell_rojas_running
July 26, 2021
Episode 178: Shannon Mulcahy, on Goal Setting, Burnout, Identity in Sport, and Much More
Shannon Mulcahy is the founder of Mulcahy Performance Consulting - a sport psychology practice empowering athletes to drop their unhelpful thoughts to make their wildest dreams a reality. Shannon holds a Master's in Sport and Exercise Psychology and has worked with hundreds of athletes and coaches worldwide. When she's not working with athletes, she can be found on a trail or in a lake training for her own races. Question and topics we dive into with Shannon include: Diving into your own athletic journey What led you into mental performance coaching Mental Performance 101 -- the big pillars/rocks, things to know Top 3 or so things most runners / athletes struggle with, when it comes to mindset? How do you help them with these (or maybe 3 key takeaways someone might start to implement, such as goal setting, visualization, etc.) Set Better Goals -- a journal on your website! What are a few ways athletes can set better goals? (Listener Q) - Signs of negativity and/or burnout and how to handle them? What is currently making you thrive (or lighting you up) outside of sport & career? Advice you would give to your younger self What being a Strong Runner Chick (or athlete!) means to you How can listeners connect and/or work with you (programs, 1:1 coaching, etc)? Connect with Shannon: IG: @mulchayperformance Website:
July 13, 2021
Episode 177: Lindsey Cortes, RD, on Female Athlete Fueling & RED-S
In this episode, we dive into female nutrition considerations with Lindsey Elizabeth Cortes MS RD CSSD -- a Sports Dietitian, entrepreneur, and lifelong runner. She is the owner of Rise Up Nutrition LLC, helping female athletes overcome disordered eating and use food as fuel to perform at their highest level. Lindsey received her bachelor's degree in Dietetics from UMass Amherst while competing as a D1 Track & Field athlete, then received a Masters in Sports Nutrition at Florida State University. She has worked as a sports dietitian for collegiate athletes at schools including the University of Georgia, Florida State University, and University of Texas San Antonio. She also worked as the tactical dietitian for Air Force Special Operations for many years and continues to support the US military through various contracts. Now Lindsey focuses solely on her business. She provides 1:1 counseling and group nutrition programs. Lindsey is very active on social media @female.athlete.nutrition and is the host of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast to educate and empower other female athletes to understand food, have fun with food, and of course fuel their athletic dreams. Questions & topics we discuss include: Lindsey's own story in athletics and into dietetics Fueling considerations for female athletes Under-fueling and adequate fueling, as well as how we can make sure we're getting enough for our needs RED-S and amenorrhea signs, symptoms, and strategies to overcome these challenges The importance of factors like strength training and recovery And much more! Connect with Lindsey: Website: Instagram: Podcast: Facebook Special shout-out: to Tanri Outdoors, today's podcast sponsor! Use code "SRC" for 10% off your order at
July 6, 2021
Episode 176: Jess Mena, DPT, on Common Running Injuries, Body Image, and Bridging Gaps
Jess Mena is a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy), OCS, and CSCS who lives in LA and is an avid runner on her way to a BQ. Questions we ask Jess include: How did you get started in running, and eventually decide to pursue your career path? When in school to become a PT, what were a few of the most surprising things you learned or anything that shifted your perspective? What are some most common injuries to runners, including causes and solutions, such as: Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, IT Band Syndrome, Runner's Knee, LB pain, and Shin splints? What advice would you give to your younger self? How about for someone currently struggling with injury? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Jess: Instagram: @tempo_with_jess SPONSOR SHOUTOUT: Special shoutout to our summer sponsor, Tanri Outdoors Sunscreen! There is no better time to grab a sunscreen that is made by runners, for runners. Tanri is an all-natural sunscreen, lip balm, and moisturizer to protect you from the sun and keep the planet in mind. Head on over to @TanriOutdoors or and use code "SRC" for 10% off your order!
June 28, 2021
Episode 175: Dawn Greenwalt on Running 250 Miles and Persevering in the Cocodona 250
Dawn is an ultra runner who recently placed 2nd female at the Cocodona 250! Learn more about her experience of training and racing by tuning into this episode. Dawn shares more about herself below:  "I am an Ultra runner raising two teenagers and working full time as a nurse in the operating room and emergency room. I enjoy trail running and navigate this by running early mornings while everyone is asleep and before work. I feel very fortunate to have the ability mentally and physically to run ultras. I love motivating others, and I've found that my running achievements have given me the ability to do that. I have helped form a local running group bringing athletes of all different levels together. We work toward growing relationships, friendships, and keep each other moving in a positive direction for whatever goal we are trying to achieve. I have been fortunate enough to help pace during a 100 mile race, and again will be pacing a friend during the Leadville 100 mile in August. I focus on healthy living and love sharing things that I have learned regarding diet and exercise with others. Running and healthy living has given me an energy to be thankful for. I am blessed to be surrounded by positive relationships through the ultra running community! The energy is palpable during races, in a way thats indescribable." Questions we ask Dawn include: How did you get started in running -- and ultra distances? How do you navigate (or balance) ultra training/racing with other aspects of your life? What led you to sign up for Cocodona 250? How did you go about training for this beast of a race (and performing so well, finishing 2nd female!)? In terms of sleeping and fueling during races, what did you find most helpful in terms of strategy? In terms of mental challenges during the race, how did you navigate those tough moments and find the encouragement to keep going? When it comes to women's sports (particularly ultra running), what do you feel needs to be changed, if anything? What advice would you give to your younger self? How about for a newbie in the ultra world? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Dawn: Instagram: greenwaltdawn Facebook: Dawn Stone-Greenwalt SPONSOR SHOUTOUT:  To Tanri! There is no better time to grab a sunscreen that is made by runners, for runners. Tanri is an all-natural sunscreen, lip balm, and moisturizer to protect you from the sun and keep the planet in mind. Head on over to @TanriOutdoors or and use code "SRC" for 10% off your order!
June 21, 2021
Episode 174: Sam Pruitt on Emotional Fitness, Longevity Wisdom, and Making Life Changes
Sam Pruitt is the Founder of Endurance Town USA and a proud member of the Chaski Endurance Collective. As a relentless ex-couch potato, Samantha is passionate about educating, inspiring and providing opportunities for others to build their own best bodies and lives though endurance sports and outdoor adventure. Marketing Manager and Entrepreneur, turned Endurance Athlete then Coach and then Professional Certified Race Director. Samantha is the Founder and CEO of a Central Coast California based endurance sports production event company. She is also the Founder and Host of Endurance Town USA, where authentic content and storytelling is used to build brands, inspire action and connect humans. Additionally, Samantha is a Business and Life Leadership Coach, working face to face with fellow dreamers and doers to expand positive impact. Put her on your team and you will CRUSH IT. Connect with Sam: Endurance Town: Podcast: Instagram: Website: Shoutout to today's episode partner, FUN RUN BOX! Use code "SRC20" for 20% off your first box! This makes a great gift with a monthly package full of running goodies, including snacks, gear, and other essentials to tackle your running goals! FunRunBox:
June 14, 2021
Episode 173: Emilia Benton on Writing About Racial Injustice, Real Life Stories, and Topics That Matter
Emilia Benton is a freelance journalist currently living in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Primarily covering health, running and fitness, Emilia has written for a wide range of publications, including Runner's World, Women's Health, SELF, SHAPE and the Houston Chronicle. As a biracial Latina, Emilia is especially grateful to have had recent opportunities to write about racial injustice, especially when it comes to sharing people's real-life stories as they relate to both running and their everyday lives. Emilia is also an avid runner herself, having completed 10 marathons and 30-something half-marathons. She's had a longtime goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which she is aiming to do at the 2022 Houston Marathon next January. Questions we ask Emilia include: How did you get your start in running and eventually marathons? Growing up, was this something that was encouraged (or influenced) by your community, family, and/or culture? What led to your interest in writing? How did you decide to become a writer, and more specifically, freelance? You spoke previously on Ali on the Run about imposter syndrome as a writer in the running world. Why do you think that might be and/or what contributes to feelings like these? You've highlighted many important but not often discussed topics in running, such as the importance of BIPOC representation in sport, social justice, and greater inclusivity. What makes these topics so important, not just in our greater world and society, but more specifically, in the running industry? It's often said that putting ourselves out there and using our voices for good can come with opening ourselves up to criticism, too. How do you handle receiving backlash and/or what is your response to it? Being in Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., is this reflected in its running community? For those who live in less diverse cities but want to take action or play a role in bringing more people into the running community, is there anything you would suggest? When it comes to social justice and DEI efforts in the running world, where have you seen progress, particularly in the past year (such as more media coverage, brands taking a stance, specific topics being discussed, etc.)? Where do we still have work to do? Looking back on your younger self (just getting started in writing), what advice would you give to her? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Emilia: Instagram: @emmiemarieb  Writing portfolio: Ali on the Run Show Episode
June 7, 2021
Episode 172: Sandi Nypaver on Creating a Run Coaching Business, Trail Running, and Going After Your Goals
Sandi Nypaver is a competitive mountain ultra trail runner and one of the co-founders of Higher Running, where she intertwines her passions of running and helping others. She's pushed for positive changes in women's equality in sports, supports creating a healthy, body-positive culture, and advocates for the environment, animals, and health through a plant-based diet. Her personal philosophy is to "serve and grow with a compassionate heart" and through her adventures and lifestyle aims to live a passionate and compassionate life. Questions we ask Sandi include: -How did you get started in running -- and eventually, into trail running? -Did you opt for collegiate running/athletics? If so, what was your experience like? -How did you initially get into coaching? What has the process been like of owning an online-based coaching business and getting to help other athletes along their running journeys? -You've been featured on GoDaddy's GoForth Series and shared that freedom is one of your top values. Can you share more about the "why" behind starting your business and what freedom means to you? -What is it like owning a business with your partner? Any advice/words of wisdom to those looking to do something similar? -You've discussed the importance of discussing body image in sport, pay equality, and many other not-often-discussed topics. Are there any that are most on your mind lately? -If you had to describe running in 3 words, what would they be? -Favorite all-time races? How about go-to local running spots? -What advice would you give to your younger self? -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Sandi: Website: IG:
May 31, 2021
Episode 171: Cherie Turner from Strides Forward Podcast on Uplifting Women, RED-S, & Strides Forward
Cherie Turner (she/her) is a runner, podcaster, writer, and traveler. She is a lifelong athlete with a growing curiosity about how to move through aging in a healthy way: physically, mentally, and emotionally. And she is always going after a new challenge. Cherie has a strong interest in storytelling, especially about women athletes; in hand with storytelling, she emphasizes topics that highlight women's unique physiology, strengths, and requirements in racing, training, and wellness. She explores this through Strides Forward, her narrated podcast focused on women marathon and ultra runners. Questions we ask Cherie include: How did you initially get involved in sport and/or athletics? How did that lead into running? You’ve been writing and editing since the 1990’s, covering women in sport. Why women in sport, specifically as your writing focus? How have you seen women in sport evolve since then? What inspired you to start your podcast, Strides Forward? What have been a few lessons you’ve learned along the way of interviewing women on various topics? Is there anything (projects or otherwise) that you are currently working on and/or excited about? When it comes to women in sport, what are a few topics you feel are under-covered, or could use more of a spotlight on? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick (or Strides Forward Chick) mean to you? Connect with Cherie: Website & Podcast: 
May 24, 2021
Episode 170: Regina Lopez on Believing in Yourself, Defying the Odds, and Paving Your Own Path
Regina Lopez joins us, a pro runner for Salomon and Spring Energy, an Olympic Trials Qualifier, and also an advocate for embracing your strength, believing in yourself, and having the confidence to go for your dreams. Questions we ask Regina include: How did you get your start in running? Growing up, was sport / athletics something that was a natural part of your family/upbringing and/or community/culture? You have a twin sister, who is also a competitive athlete/runner. What is it like having such a close sibling involved in a similar sport? Was there a sense of collaboration and/or competiton growing up? What inspired you to pursue a career in behavioral health, and also in coaching others? You've spoken openly about body positivity, strength training and the role it plays in your running. Have you always had positive body image and/or outlook when it comes to embracing your strength as a runner? You had a stellar kickoff to trails/spartans, winning the 2019 Spartan Trail Championships!! What was the transition like from road (Olympic Trials Qualifier) to more trail races? Will there be more trails in your future? Anything unique that you do for mindset, recovery, and/or beyond running itself that distinguishes your training? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Regina: Instagram: @getfitwithreginalopez Join the Strava Salomon Running Challenge with Regina!
May 17, 2021
Episode 169: Shay Haddow, on Mastering Mindset & Confidence in Sport
Shay Haddow is an expert coach and speaker on confidence and mindset for female athletes. Having worked with hundreds of youth female athletes and college teams from across the country, she’s empowered girl athletes to build unshakable confidence so they can live and play to their fullest potential. After overcoming her own struggles with confidence throughout her club and collegiate soccer career, Shay knew that it was her life's purpose to provide female athletes with the mentorship that she wished she had when she was younger. Shay has dedicated her life to empowering female athletes of all ages to uncover their greatest superpower of all, allowing them to break free from their limitations and achieve their biggest dreams, in sport and life. Shay's book:  Instagram:  Shay's website:
May 10, 2021
Episode 168: Carolyn Stocker, RD, CSCS, on Fueling Fundamentals, RED-S, Strength, and Snowshoeing
In this episode, we interview Registered Dietitian (RD), Carolyn Stocker who works as the go-to sports nutritionist/RD at Chaski Endurance Collective.  Carolyn Stocker is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, Strength & Conditioning. Currently, Carolyn teaches nutrition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA and has her own nutrition consulting business,  Carolyn Stocker Performance, LLC and is the nutritionist and a coach for the Chaski Endurance Collective. Carolyn grew up in Western Massachusetts and although an avid soccer player, started running when she was 5 years old. At the University of Maine, Carolyn raced the 5k and 10k and is on the top 10 all-time list for those events for indoor and outdoor track.  Outside of collegiate running, she holds the junior record at the Mt. Washington Road Race in Gorham, NH and is a member of the United States Snowshoe Team.  Now, Carolyn loves to explore trails, mountains, and the outdoors while continuing to run for the pure joy of it.  Some of her favorite things include: coffee, craft beer, reading, cows, and authentic food (Thai, Vietnamese, and Mexican are her top 3). Carolyn ALSO kicked off her first trail 50k this past weekend (big kudos to Carolyn!). Questions we ask Carolyn include: How did you initially get involved in running? How about performance/sports nutrition? How can a runner balance intuitive eating with performance nutrition and appetite affected by running? If you had to break down nutrition for runners into 3 fundamentals, what would they be? When you work with runners, what are some of the most common questions and/or problems you see? Any keys to preventing/addressing RED-S? Working at a running shoe store, what are your favorite shoes and why? Any advice on choosing the best shoe for you? When it comes to Strength & Conditioning, what inspired you to pursue your CSCS? How do you incorporate strength into your running routine? Any go-to meals and/or snacks (pre-run, post-run) that are your absolute favorite? Looking back on your younger running years, what advice would you give to your younger self? Any upcoming races and/or things you are excited for this year? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners reach out to connect and/or work with you? Connect with Carolyn: @castocker_rd (Instagram) Chaski: Special thanks to this episode's sponsor, Naak Nutrition! Visit to try out their bars and protein powder!
April 26, 2021
Episode 167: Christine Yu on Representation of Women in Sport and Performance, Surfing, and Gender Equity
Christine is an award-winning freelance journalist covering sports, science and health for publications like Outside magazine, Women’s Running, Runner’s World, and others. She’s currently working on a book on women in sports and the science behind their performance, which examines the under-representation of women in sports and exercise science research. She’s a runner, former yoga teacher, and wannabe surfer. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two sons. Questions and topics we discuss include: How did you initially start running? What originally inspired you to start writing? You've written about safety while running, the female athlete triad, equality in terms of race prize money, and many other topics specific to women's running. Of all your writing pieces, which has been your favorite? What led you to pursue writing a nonfiction book on the science behind women's performance? Can you give us some insight into sex and gender data gaps in scientific research? (Reference to your article for Outside: -- we may discuss this and the premise for your book in more detail Inclusivity, representation, and diversity have been other major topics highlighted within the running community, especially recently. Where do you see successes in these areas, and room for potential to do better? What's been something (or someone) that is inspiring you lately? What advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Christine: Find me on: Twitter and Instagram
April 19, 2021
Episode 166: Dr. Rozalyn Moore, DPT, on Common Injuries and Training Mistakes Runners Make
Dr. Rozalyn Moore offers integrated medical fitness. She helps women resolve joint pain and optimize health and fitness while discovering their inner athlete. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Online Health Coach and Athletic Trainer.  Specializations include orthopedic rehabilitation, exercise, weight management, knee joint care, post surgery and novice runners.  Certifications: Dry Needling, SFMA1, FMS1, Remote Injury Prevention Specialist, Athletic Trainer-ret, Online Health Coach, TRX suspension, LEV 1 RunDNA Run Coach. One-on-One, small group and Telehealth care are the cornerstones of her practice. In this interview, we cover the following questions: -How did you decide to start ReKinetic Physical Therapy, and what has been your favorite part of the experience of owning your own business? -Are there any commonalities you see among injured runners and/or recommendations you typically suggest? -Common running injuries includes achilles tendon, IT band, knee pain, and shin splints... anything specifically for each of these to help prevent them? -When working with women especially, what are some barriers you see to them getting active and/or more involved in sport/movement? -What advice would you give to a runner looking to stay healthy and/or prevent injury? -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? -How can listeners connect with you and/or work together virtually, if possible? Connect with Dr. Rozalyn:, @rekineticpt (IG)
April 13, 2021
Episode 165: Sarah Canney on Rise Run Retreat, Managing Perfectionism, and Snowshoeing
In this episode, we interview Sarah Canney, the Founder of Rise.Run.Retreat and a Bronze medalist in the 2020 World Snowshoe Championships. Sarah is an athlete, coach, writer and mom with a passion for running. After battling an eating disorder for nearly ten years in her teens and early 20's, Sarah found freedom and healing. Running proved a catalyst in her transformation as she learned to rewrite the negative narrative in her head and find a unique strength within herself. As Sarah became more involved in the running community she was inspired by the connections she had made to create Rise.Run.Retreat in 2015. Sarah's mission is to help women gain confidence, find strength and make authentic connections through running. As the host, she creates a place for women to be inspired and experience personal growth through running. Sarah is also a RRCA and USATF Running Coach and since starting running has become a competitive mountain runner and was a member of the 2018 US National Snowshoe Running Team, finishing 9th at the World Snowshoe Championships in 2019.  In 2020 Sarah won the Bronze medal at the Snowshoe World Championships. You can find more from Sarah at Questions we ask Sarah include: How did you initially get started in running and/or athletics? In addition to running, you are a world champion in snowshoeing! Tell us more about this sport and how it intertwines with running. You started Rise Run Retreat, an empowering women's running retreat with both virtual and in-person events. What initially led you to start Rise Run? You've spoken quite a bit about imposter syndrome, your experience with an eating disorder, and knowing your worth. Can you share more about your experiences with these topics, and what has helped you with each? COVID-19 has led to many changes, including cancelled races, retreats, and other events. How have you adapted your business, and what were some lessons learned along the way? For the moms (and future parents) out there listening, how do you strike a "balance" between having your own business and taking care of your children (work, play, and family)? What advice would you give to your younger (late teen, early twenties) self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Sarah: Website: Instagram: Rise Run Retreat:
April 5, 2021
Episode 164: Kara Bazzi of Opal Food & Body on Identity in Sport and ED Recovery
Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked in the field of eating disorders for almost 20 years. Her passion for the work was born out of her own experience of struggling in her relationship with food and exercise as a collegiate athlete. Kara, along with two colleagues, opened Opal: Food+Body Wisdom in early 2012, an eating disorder treatment center in Seattle, WA, whose mission is to free people from diet culture. Kara is the head of the Exercise+Sport program at Opal, ensuring that people's relationship to movement, sport and exercise is adequately addressed in treatment. Topics we discuss with Kara include: -Give us a glimpse into your own athletic background and professional pursuits -- how did you become passionate in sport, identity, and the work you are involved in now? -What role does identity play in running? How can we prevent or help not get our whole identities wrapped up in running? -What are some exercises (or practices) we can do to assess our relationship with sport, identity, and eating behaviors? Anywhere you would recommend starting? -Opal Food & Body -- more about the organization as a whole, how you got started, and where it's headed -Advice to your younger self or someone in their late teens, early twenties? -Any words of wisdom for coaches, parents, or mentors of young girls to cultivate a healthy relationship with food, body, identity, and sport -What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Kara and the team at Opal Food & Body: Show Notes: Special shout-out to today's sponsor, FEM Protein Powder! FEM is a women-founded company and a vegan, plant-based protein powder with all-natural ingredients and a delicious cinnamon vanilla flavor. Use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" to save 15% off your order.
March 29, 2021
Episode 163: Jinghuan Liu Tervalon on Diversity and Representation, Asian Women Running, and Making an Impact
Jinghuan Liu Tervalon is a mother runner based in the Altadena and Pasadena area of Los Angeles. She has been running for over 13 years and training with a group Fortius Altius Citius Training (FACT) for the past 5 years. She is a mother of two kids, in a mix-raced family, an insights and strategy professional with the Coca-Cola Company, and a Get-Out-The-Vote activist. She's at her happy place running with her friends from the Pasadena Pacers, on the track or trails. She also serves as a local leader for Oiselle Volee, and on the advisory board of Running Diversity Industry Coalition. As a recovering tiger mom, Jinghuan enjoys seeing the younger generation picking up running as a passion. Her son Sammy has been running with Students Run LA. Her husband, writer Jervey Tervalon, is an avid walker who enjoys taking long walks with their dog. In her spare time, Jinghuan is also a writer and speaker.  In 2021, she's trying to lead the community with open conversations about race, equality and running space. Her purpose in life is to create space where everyone feels safe and confident to pursue their own potentials. She hopes to continue to leverage running as a tool for social justice and positive changes. Topics we discuss include: -How she got started in running, and the role that competition played in her initial involvement in running -The role she sees diversity, equity, and inclusion play in the running community -- and how this has been shaped over the past year -The experience she faced with a neighbor while on the run, and how this is the reality for so many people on a daily basis -Her inspiration to speak out recently on Oiselle with her article "Stand By You." -The potential book and project she is be writing... -Asian and Asian-American women she admires, and is seeing to help lead the charge in the women's running community -Advice she would give to her younger self -What being a Strong Runner Chick means to her Connect with Jinghuan: Instagram: @sandychannel Links:
March 26, 2021
Episode 162: Amani Jabbar on Writing, Breaking Down Barriers, and Leaving an Impact
Amani-Nzinga Jabbar is a professor of English, author, runner, health coach, wife,  and mother of 3. She started her running journey by walking when she was pregnant with her youngest child. At the time, she was undergoing the stress of detaching herself from an emotionally abusive marriage. The walking provided mental and physical benefits that were beyond what she expected. Since that time, she has run several 5k's, half marathons, and most recently made her marathon dreams come true. Amani’s latest book, I Bear Witness, tells the story of a young woman who emerges stronger after facing challenges in her life. You can find her on Instagram: @fithijabi Questions we ask Amani include: How did you get started in running and/or athletics? College as you write, was the first time you "went into the world." How was this transition and what were some factors (joining clubs, etc.) that helped you? In addition to running, you are also a writer, author, and professor with a BA and MA in English Literature. What inspired you to pursue a career in writing, and also in teaching? You wrote a book titled, "I Bear Witness," depicting the reality of a perfectly planned life. Can you share more about the journey that led to writing this book, and what some main lessons are you hope readers garner? In addition to your book, you wrote a powerful blog highlighting women's stories of Black women's struggles and successes titled "I am African and I can." What are some ways you see barriers being broken down by Black women, both in the sport of running and beyond? You recently ran your first marathon - congrats on this, and your several half marathons along the way! Tell us more about this experience and what it meant to you. Do you plan to do more of these and/or have anything upcoming this year? Aside from running and career, what is currently giving you life or helping you thrive? Are there any writing pieces and/or training programs you're working on and would like to share? Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you? Connect with Amani: Recent blog post: You can purchase a copy of Amani's book (free on Kindle unlimited!) at the following link: 
March 22, 2021
Episode 161: Shelbi Thurau, RD on Intuitive Eating and Strength for Runners
In this episode, we interview Shelbi Thurau, an R.D. and Founder/Owner at Race Ya to the Kitchen. We dive into intuitive eating for athletes, common fueling mistakes and how to avoid them, and also the importance of strength training for runners. Be sure to visit Shelbi's website at and follow her on Instagram @raceyatothekitchen! Shelbi Thurau is a registered dietitian and RRCA running coach with over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry.  Through her business Race ya to the Kitchen, she works to inspire runners to find the driving force behind their desire to pursue endurance through customized training, nutrition and constant support.  With 19 marathons and 18 half marathons behind her, running has transformed the most difficult parts of her life into a meaningful way to move forward and it's that passion she always brings to the individuals she coaches.
March 15, 2021
Episode 160: Mayra Lopez on Trail Running, ED Recovery, and Finding Support
Mayra Lopez Garcia is 33 years old, Mexican-American and was born in raise in South Los Angeles. She lives in Palmdale, CA, where her current occupation is a housing stabilizer with the homeless population (families/individuals). Her running journey started in High School. She did not know anything about the sport of running until I joined the Cross-Country Team. Running was fun & enjoyed the transition of it all. When she started to see her body change, running became an obsession and eventually an eating disorder, anorexia. While Mayra is thankful that she was able to get out of her eating disorder, it still hunts her here and there today. She writes, "I catch myself comparing myself to others, but I have to remind myself & I want others to know that any person who runs has a “runner’s body” no matter the weight, build, age, ability or health status. It took me some time, but I am thankful for my body per it has endured tough workouts, ran many races (5k, 10k, half-marathons, marathons, 50k’s and currently training for my first 50 miler). I continue to run today with my F.A.C.T Team my current coach, Armand, is amazing, he is not only our coach but our therapist & he gives us such great advice when we are being tough on ourselves. Overall, I am thankful for RUNNING, per it’s brought me so many good people in my life, people that I now consider family and meeting my now fiancé (he proposed when he finished Angeles Crest 100 Miler in 2016). Thank you all for listening to my story." A few topics we discuss include: -How she got started with running, and more specifically, trail running -The role that community plays in her running journey -Aspects that have helped her when it comes to comparison and body image challenges -Advice Mayra would tell her younger self -What being a Strong Runner Chick means to Mayra Follow Mayra @Born2Run87 on Instagram.
March 5, 2021
Episode 159: Heather Hart on Ultra Running Training, Coaching, and Racing
Bio: Heather Hart is an exercise physiologist, full time running coach, mom of two, and ultra runner who believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary feats.  Together with her husband, Heather co-founded Hart Strength and Endurance Coaching, an in person and virtual coaching service specializing in helping people balance training with family, work, and "real life".  Over the last 15 years, Heather has participated in a gamut of endurance sports, from road running, to triathlon, to obstacle course racing, and even adventure racing.  But her heart and soul is running on the trails.  When she's not training for ultras, you can find Heather as a regular in the weight room at the gym, or writing educational posts and sharing personal stories on her blog Relentless Forward Commotion. Questions and topics for Heather: How did you get your start in running? Training for first 100-miler, 50k, 50miler/100k… main differences? How much time commitment and training is involved? How did you get your start in running? How about in trails and ultras? For someone training for their first ultra and/or trail race... advice on how to start? Mileage/time to aim for with various distances -- 25k, 50k, 50-miler/100k, 100-mile? Do you consider HR, PE, and/or any other factors with your athletes? What role do these play in our training? What role does "vert" or climbing hills play in training for an athlete? Any tips for someone who lives in a flat area but is training for a hilly/mountain race? How can we balance life/responsibilities with our huge goals and training commitments? Any tips on fitting training in? Advice you would give to your younger (or pre-trail/ultra) self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any final shout-outs? Shoutout to today's show sponsor, Naak Bar! Naak Bars are delicious, perfect pre/intra/post run fuel, and come in many flavors. Each bar contains electrolytes and 7 grams of protein, plus non-GMO, all-natural ingredients. They also have protein powders and other product available on their website. Use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off your order at!
February 22, 2021
Episode 158: Nicole Mericle, Professional Spartan Athlete Talks Women in Obstacle Course Racing (OCR)
Nicole is a 5-time obstacle racing world champion and the reigning Spartan Race World Champion. Nicole’s competitive background began as a Division 1 Cross Country and Track & Field athlete at Rice University where she held two school records and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 3,000m steeplechase. She raced post collegiately with Hudson Elite in Boulder, Colorado, and over time transitioned to trail running and garnered her passion for rock climbing. Her diverse athletic strengths led her to test her skills at her first obstacle course race in 2016. Nicole was immediately successful, and in 2017 she won the USA OCR Championship in both the 3k and 15k, finished as the first American in the Spartan Championship Series, and won the 3k OCR World Championship and Tougher Mudder World Championship. In 2017, she repeated as the 3k OCR World Champion and in 2019 solidified her rise to the top of the sport winning both the Spartan Race World and Trifecta Championships. In today's episode, we dive into all things obstacle course racing, including getting more women into the sport, our top training tips, our journeys into OCR/Spartan, and the creation of her upcoming OCR Women's Development Team! Follow Nicole on IG: @nickeldm Apply to join Nicole's brand new Women's OCR Development Team! Shoutout to today's NEW sponsor, Naak Bar! Naak Bars are delicious, perfect pre/intra/post run fuel, and come in many flavors. They also have protein powders and other products.  Use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off your order at! InsideTracker - Join our Giveaway! If you're seeing this prior to February 25th, we're doing an Ultimate Test Giveaway (and R.D. consultation) with InsideTracker! Enter here:
February 18, 2021
Episode 157: Lindsley Kump of Womxn Who Move on Finding a Sense of Belonging, Breaking Down Barriers, and Believing in Yourself
*Please note before listening: There is potentially triggering content where Lindsley shares more about her eating disorder between minutes 25-27, or about halfway through this episode. Feel free to skip over if you would like. Lindsley Kump is a mama, wife, fur baby mom, oral surgeon's assistant, and runner. Originally from Hawaii, Colorado has been home to her for 18 years now. Running has been a key part of my life for almost 6 years and over the last year, she has been transitioning primarily into trail running. She recently started Womxn_Who_Move, an all-inclusive community dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring womxn through movement. Topics we discuss with Lindsley include: How she got started with running and more specifically, trails What brought her from Hawaii to Colorado, and what this transition was like What inspired her to create Womxn Who Move How she see inclusion and representation playing a role in the trail running space Body image and its role in running/fitness Your work in healthcare and the passion you have for it, particularly during COVID-19 Lessons this past year has taught you, and any major growth moments or stories Advice you would give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Lindsley: IG: @lindsley_kump  IG: @Womxn_Who_Move You can also hear Lindsley speak during our "Beyond the Trail" panel at our upcoming Trail Running Women Summit, February 27th-28th! Join us at *Shoutout to today's NEW episode sponsor, Naak Bar!* Designed for endurance athletes, Naak bars come in 4+ delicious flavors and contain a ratio 4/1 (carbs/protein) for long lasting energy, 7g. of complete and sustainable protein, 180mg of electrolyte to avoid cramping, non GMO and all natural ingredients. They taste like brownies and make for a tasty treat on the trails! Use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off your order at!
February 15, 2021
Episode 156: Megan Roche on Finding Your Why, Female Athlete Considerations, and So Much More!
Megan is a five-time national trail running champion, a North American Mountain Running Champion, and a six-time member of Team USA. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Neuroscience and received her MD from Stanford Medical School. At Stanford, she is currently doing a PhD in epidemiology, focusing on RED-S and sports injury. Megan is also a coach for the Some Work, All Play running team. We bring Megan Roche on this episode to chat all about female athlete considerations, energy deficiency/availability, psychological and physiological aspects of training, and much more. Questions and topics we dive into with Megan include: Her collegiate athletic and running background, intro into the trails, coaching, etc. What led her into pursuing her MD and studies in epidemiology Running as a female- understanding our menstrual cycle, hormones, and any other things to note, with our training Within-day-energy deficiency -- article by you and David; research study findings (study referenced here: Writing The Happy Runner: “love the process, get faster, and run farther”... what are some keys to doing all three of these? Other major takeaways and cliff notes? Mileage of runs (weekly and in a long run) to build up to one's first ultra How to break through periods where you seem to plateau How neuromuscular fatigue and recovery play a role in our training (the basics, as I know this is a complex topic :) What are some best practices when starting to coach athletes as a running coach? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Megan: @meg_runs_happy (IG) The Happy Runner (Megan's book, co-authored with David Roche) SWAP: Some Work, All Play (website, coaching, and podcast with Megan & David Roche!) Shoutout to FEM Protein Powder for sponsoring this episode! Use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off your order! In addition, join us for our first-ever VIRTUAL Trail Running Women Summit on February 27th-28th with CHASKI Endurance! Register HERE and save 30% off with code "antisana".
February 8, 2021
Episode 155: Allie Kieffer Updates on Racing, Training, Coaching, Goal-Setting, and More!
Questions we ask Allie include: -Since we last chatted (back in 2018!), what has changed and any notable updates from this past year, in particular?  -How has COVID impacted your training/racing/team? -Changing coaches and teams, and what Allie has learned along the way -Body image, and the role she has played in speaking out about this -- what have you seen change in this space, if at all, in the past few years? -Where is there still room for us to change as a running community? -Olympic Marathon Trials experience and the road leading up to it -Getting into coaching and what that has been like -Allie's work with Elite Feats and more about the organization -What is next for Allie and where she hopes to take things Second half on IG Live! Tune into our second half of this episode over on Instagram @strongrunchicks, where you'll hear us dive into listener Q&A, including Allie's training and goal-setting process! You can connect with Allie at @kiefferallie or Special Shoutout to FEM Protein Powder for sponsoring this episode. Save 15% on your order with code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS." In addition, join us for an upcoming Trail Running Women Summit with CHASKI Endurance over at Save 30% off with code "antisana"!
February 1, 2021
Episode 154, Minisode with Megan: Intuitive Training Metrics & Questions to Consider
Have you heard of intuitive training? In this minisode, Megan provides an overview of what intuitive training is, her own journey with it, and how you can start to incorporate intuitive movement into your training. Did you like this minisode? Let us know! We'd love to cover more topics like these. Email or tag us @strongrunchicks with your feedback, questions, and guest suggestions! Show Sponsor: Special Shout-out to FEM Protein Powder for their ongoing support & vegan, plant-based protein powder!  Use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off your order. Upcoming events: Alexi Pappas on SRC IG Live - Tuesday, 1/26 at 4:30 PST, 7:30 EST. Trail Running Women Virtual Summit - TBA this week, dates set for February 27th-28th... stay tuned for more details!
January 25, 2021
Episode 153: Keely Henninger, Nike Trail Athlete, on Prioritizing Health, Fueling Up, and Tackling the Trails
Keely Henninger is a trail and ultra runner who loves to explore the mountains and seeks to educate, coach, and empower female athletes to be the best they can be. She has raced around the world, been on Team USA, named to the top 10 Ultra Runner of the Year,  and holds multiple wins and national championship titles at prestigious races including Lake Sonoma and Chuckanut. However, at the end of the day, she still will never be faster or fitter than her pup, Jade. Social: @runwidkeel Topics & Questions we discuss include: Keely's running background Transition into trail running, first trail race, etc. Body image and RED-S Keely's personal journey with these topics The role body image plays in our sport and larger society What inspired Keely to write the post on TS and advocate for it on social media What Keely has found helpful for helping to treat/prevent RED-S and help support positive body image in sport How energy availability plays into this equation Working full-time at Nike - both on and off the trails What does being a biomechanics researcher involve? Do you apply any of your research to your own running and vice versa? How do you balance pro running with a full-time job? Fun questions, etc. Favorite trails in and around Portland? All-time? Running with your dog... any tips on how to start, etc.? Advice on a trail newbie just starting out on the trails? Upcoming races on your calendar for this year? Any big lifetime running goals? Favorite pre, post workout fuel and/or during the run? Closing: Advice you would give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Additional resources (provided by Keely): Fueling in ultras: Tiller, N.B., Roberts, J.D., Beasley, L. et al. International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: nutritional considerations for single-stage ultra-marathon training and racing. J Int Soc Sports Nutr 16, 50 (2019). i Nutrition and Energy Deficiency: Manore, Melinda. (2002). Dietary Recommendations and Athletic Menstrual Dysfunction. Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.). 32. 887-901. 10.2165/00007256-200232140-00002. RED-S: This episode's sponsor: Shoutout to plant-based protein powder, FEM Protein for supporting this episode! Use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off your order. Visit or @femproteinpowder on IG to learn more!
January 18, 2021
Episode 152: Research on Eating Disorders in Sport and Athletes with Dr. Paula Quatromoni
Dr. Paula Quatromoni is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Boston University and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences. She is a Registered Dietitian, a senior consultant for Walden Behavioral Care, and one of the leading experts on eating disorders in athletes. Dr. Quatromoni's research includes a focus on eating disorder prevention and treatment. She has published several papers featuring both clinical care and qualitative research on recovery experiences of athletes. In 2004, she pioneered the sports nutrition consult service for student-athletes at Boston University. In 2016, she led the creation of the Walden GOALS program, an intensive outpatient program treating competitive athletes with eating disorders. Dr. Quatromoni earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nutrition from the University of Maine and her Doctorate in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health. Questions we ask Paul include: How did you get into the field of nutrition? What inspired your research with student athletes? How has COVID impacted your work and nutrition for individuals, communities, and/or athletes specifically? Where do you see gaps in sports nutrition education, research, and/or dissemination? In 2017, you were the PI on a research publication titled, “A Tale of Two Runners: A Case Report of Athletes’ Experiences with Eating Disorders in College.” This publication shared the story of two elite athletes, recruited to the same Division I institution track and field program. However, one athlete was a male and the other was a female. Can you share with us some of the differences that the student-athletes experienced in their experiences with their eating disorders due to gender differences? When it comes to RED-S and/or eating disorders in sport, what are some red flags you encourage coaches, parents, and/or athletes to look for? You contributed to a post titled, “3 Ways Coaches Can Help Prevent Eating Disorders in Athletes” on Running in Silence, a platform created by Rachael Steil. What are a few ways you see coaches and/or parents play a key role in preventing and addressing eating disorders? References: What Made Maddy Run - Book by Kate Fagan Nancy Clark Sports Nutrition Guidebook RED-S - IOC Consensus Statement:
January 11, 2021
Episode 151: Year-End Recap, Including 2020 Highlights, Lessons, and Intentions for the 2021 New Year!
Happy New Year, SRC! We made it to 2021, and wow, has this past year been a doozy! While it's certainly brought its challenges, it's also taught us a lot of lessons that we can bring into the New Year. Join Megan, Kelsey, and Elena as they recap some of their favorite standout episodes from SRC Radio (guests, we love you ALL!) and share some of the lessons and intentions they are bringing into the New Year. You'll also hear a bit about what to expect from SRC and how you can join in! First SRC event of the year: Join us this Sunday, January 3rd at 4pm PST, 7pm EST for a Vision Boarding & Intention-Setting Workshop. Sign up HERE!
January 1, 2021
Episode 150: Hilary Spires of Trail Running Women Podcast on Athletics, Mental Toughness, and More
Hilary is an all around sports junkie. Her perfect day would include running 50 miles, watching golf, talking baseball, and coaching hockey. Before she found endurance sports she played NCAA hockey, high level fast pitch and fought in kickboxing and BJJ. She married her ski bum husband in the beer garden in between games at a slo-pitch tournament in their dirty uniforms, and they now have a 1 year old toddler named Baker - after the mountain. She's run multiple ultras, has a handful of FKT's and is the host of The Trail Running Women podcast.
December 28, 2020
Episode 149: Jessica Rodarte on Mental Health Advocacy, Marathoning, and Running for a Reason
Jessica Rodarte was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her running journey started at the age of 5 when her parents signed her up for track and field. Running has always been a big part of her life. Her love for running has grown throughout the years and has led her to become a marathoner. Jessica signed up for her first marathon in 2015 which was the 30th Los Angeles Marathon. Since then she has run 5 marathons and 8 half marathons, and she has only just begun. In 2016, Jessica was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. During those very dark days, running saved her life. Jessica has become a mental health advocate. She has been able to share her battle with depression and anxiety, as well as her love for running with people all over the world. She hopes that by sharing her story with people, it will inspire others to do the same.
December 21, 2020
Episode 148: Kristin LaFontaine on RED-S, Diet Culture, & Nutrition Education For Runners
In this episode, we dive into RED-S and nutrition for runners, including the rundown on RED-S and how fueling properly can help prevent and/or address it. We also discuss Kristin's running background, as well as her business and how she helps educate runners on fueling to perform well and empower their bodies for sport. Kristin LaFontaine is a health educator, nutrition coach, mama to a 15 month old son, and former collegiate distance runner turned marathoner. When Kristin looks back at the years she spent competing in both cross country and track in high school and college, she realizes that her relationship with food wasn't always healthy. Food was something to be earned, something to be burned off. She was limiting intake of certain foods or food groups was a misguided attempt to improve performance and achieve a certain body type. She often wonders why/how she developed such a disordered, unhealthy relationship with food. She realizes now that part of it was real or imagined external pressure to look a certain way, but part of it was that she just didn’t know better. When she was a teenager, no one taught her about nutrition. No one taught her how to properly fuel her body. Frankly, she didn’t know what she was doing. That gap in nutrition education still exists and Kristin is determined to fill that gap. In 2018, she quit her corporate marketing job, went back to school, and earned her Master of Science in Nutrition Education degree from American University.  From there, the Nourished Performance Program was born. Nourished Performance is a 100% online, video based nutrition education program designed to give young female athletes access to basic sports nutrition information. She hopes this program will find its way into the hands of as many young athletes as possible so that they are empowered to take control of their health and performance and understand how to properly fuel their bodies for sport. As a now 30-something, 20-time marathoner including one year of running one marathon every month, Kristin has seen first hand how vital proper fueling is to success. Questions we cover with Kristin include: How did you get started in running/athletics? Journey into collegiate running - overall experience, burned out, under-fueled? 20-time marathoner -- including a whole year with a marathon each month! Tell us more about that! RED-S -- big topic of discussion. You write that “Food was something to be earned, something to be burned off. She was limiting intake of certain foods or food groups was a misguided attempt to improve performance and achieve a certain body type.” What do you think contributed to this? How do social media and societal norms play a role in fueling decisions, food restrictions… and how is "diet culture" particularly detrimental for runners? Nutrition education -- what is lacking in schools, what can be done? The role you play in nutrition education and working with athletes; “Education can make all the difference.” Learn more about Kristin and her business below:
December 14, 2020
Episode 147: Therese Haiss on Navigating Transitions, LGBTQ+ Athletes, and Coaching
More about Therese Haiss: Pronouns: she/her Ohio native (Cleveland area) LGBTQ+ community member OUTrun ambassador - platform helping with running inclusivity (focus on LGBTQ+ support) Mental health and LGBTQ+ advocate Collegiate and professional runner (University of Arkansas, Golden Coast Track Club) Topics we discuss with Therese include: Recent life updates and 2020 as a whole How she got started in running Her experience transferring in college to Arkansas in a big team environment versus a smaller school Realities of professional running Challenges with injury, finding identity outside of sport Big life transitions, including a move from San Diego to Ohio, leaving professional running, and starting a new coaching career Out Run and LGBTQ+ advocacy Challenges with comparison and body image What being a Strong Runner Chick means to her Connect with Therese on social media (instagram): @therese_haiss @coach_haiss Out Run: Follow Addie + Cory
December 7, 2020
Episode 146: Katie Arnold, Author of "Running Home," on The Power of the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Katie Arnold is an elite ultra runner and the 2018 women's champion of Leadville Trail 100 Run. She's also a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years and created and the popular Raising Rippers column about bringing up adventurous kids outdoors. She won the 2018 Jemez Mountains 50 Mile, 2014 TransRockies 3-Day Trail Run, Jemez Mountains 50K, the Mount Taylor 50K. She is two-time overall champion and course record holder at the  Angel Fire 100K. Katie is a sponsored athlete for GU Energy Labs and Balega Socks. As part of her ongoing effort to encourage young athletes, she founded a children’s trail running club, gives motivational talks, and coaches girls’ lacrosse in Santa Fe. In 2019, she published her first memoir, Running Home (Random House), chronicling her "accidental" discovery of ultra running as a way to process grief during her father's terminal diagnosis and death, while also navigating new motherhood, a health anxiety diagnosis, and working as a writer and editor at one of the outdoor industry's most well-respected magazines, Outside. Questions we ask Katie include: How did you get your start in running -- and how did this end up leading you to trail/ultra running, including becoming the 2018 Leadville Champion? "Running Home" - discuss how and why she wrote the book -- from father’s terminal illness and death to motherhood, anxiety, and more. For listeners who have not yet read it, what makes this unique from the normal running novel? In your book, you use running as a metaphor, muse, and path for many things, including: family, parenting, grief, losing yourself, finding yourself, and so much more. What has been one of the most prominent correlations you've seen between running and/or your own life? What lessons did you learn throughout the process of writing a book and more specifically, a memoir? Any advice for an aspiring author? What are a few of your all-time favorite places to run? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can listeners connect with you and what is next on your radar -- retreats, events, writing, races, etc.? Connect with Katie: — Follow Katie on Instagram and Twitter. — Check out her website and learn more about her new book, Running Home.
November 30, 2020
Episode 145: Mireille Siné on Running with Lupus, Prioritizing her Health + Self-Care, Public Health, & The Power of Community
About Mireille: I am a long distance runner based in Los Angeles. My runner's journey began after I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2013. This led me to gain control of my life and health while showing others that unfortunate circumstances don't have to stop you from achieving your goals. Since then, I've completed several marathons, half-marathons & a handful of ultra-trail marathons. I use my platform to advocate for running diversity, the empowerment of women and girls, and to raise awareness about our housing/homeless crisis + community health as I am also an MPH candidate. Over time, I've enjoyed sharing goals, ideas, personal stories, & insights with my followers! Questions we ask her include: • How and when did you get your start in distance/trail running? • Having been diagnosed with Lupus, how has this experience affected you in gaining control of your life and health? • How has this also informed and/or influenced your perspective on your health and achieving your goals? • You currently are juggling running and school as well as other responsibilities. How do you find time to take care of yourself and be present in the work you are doing? • What inspired you to pursue your MPH and become involved in the community work you do outside of running? What do you hope to use your MPH for in the future? • How do you see social determinants of health (race, income, gender, etc.) tie into running? • Tell us more about your running clubs in Los Angeles. • You recently got a tattoo with the words, “Still I Rise” inspired by Maya Angelou’s Poem. What encourages you and empowers you through her words? • What has been bringing you joy lately? • Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? • What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Mireille: Instagram: @mireille.sine Mentioned in the Episode: Running Groups in LA: Blacklist + Lista
November 23, 2020
Episode 144: Bri Sullivan on Tackling Life's Mountains and Creating Community
Bri Sullivan was born in a fly-over state and meant for the mountains!  Bri is a Storyteller | Trail Runner | Mountain Lover | Founder @_wildwomenrunning  Questions we ask Bri include:  We know that you haven’t always been a runner and even avoided running at all costs as you were a gymnast growing up. How did running help you to find your “why” and teach you to trust your body again?  Here at SRC, we talk a lot about embracing our strength, body image, and mental well-being. Is this something you have ever been challenged with, and if so, how have you found ways to help?  Tell us a little bit about your path into trail and/or ultra running.  You’ve started a pretty awesome community, Wild Women Running! Can you speak more on this, your group runs, and the role that community plays in running?  How have you adapted and/or stayed connected during COVID? How are you and the other women you train with staying motivated without many races on the calendar?  What does your life look like outside of running?  Any favorite trails in Arizona and/or races that you’ve done?  Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self?  What does being “Strong” mean / look like to you?  Books she recommends:  Running Home by Katie Arnold  Untamed by Glennon Doyle  Anything by Brene Brown!  True crime books  Races on her dream list:  Palisades - Idaho The Rut  Connect with Bri: @briwithaview   SRC feature on Bri at:
November 16, 2020
Episode 143: Alya Alghamdi on Overcoming Cultural Restrictions, Going After Your Goals, and More
Alya Alghamdi is a professional athlete, originally from Saudi Arabia, living and training fiercely, both in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. Her mission is to become an international track and field athlete as she competes for Saudi Arabia at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Questions we ask Alya include: Growing up in Saudi Arabia, how did you initially get started in running? What initially drew you to the sport of running? How did early experiences inform your decision to move outside of your country and pursue running elsewhere? You are going after breaking some major records, including your country’s record for track’s three main events – the 60-meter dash, the 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash. What are some challenges you have faced during this process, both in terms of cultural restrictions and as a female athlete? What has your experience been like with diversity and representation in sports, particularly having lived and trained in various countries? What does your life currently look like with changes in the Olympics? How have you found ways to adapt and continue to stay focused on your goals? One of your many accomplishments includes climbing Mount Everest! Tell us more about the highlights and challenges of this experience. You mention that cooking is a form of self-care. What are a few recipes you enjoy cooking up most? Any other activities you enjoy for self-care? How do you hope to shift the narrative for Saudi women runners? Any advice you would give to them, or ways you hope to change their future? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
November 9, 2020
Episode 142: Annie Rodenfels on Body Image in Elite Running, Gender in Sport, and Balancing Health with Performance
Annie Rodenfels is a professional runner for ASICS Greenville Track Club-Elite in Greenville, SC. She's a 3x Division 3 national champion and d3 record holder in the steeplechase. She graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a psychology degree and minor in gender studies--both which greatly inform and influence her experience as a professional runner. Outside of racing on the track, Annie is a high school cross country and track and field coach, and a corporate wellness coordinator for Joy Real Estate. She is passionate about running, obviously, but also intersectional feminism and social justice issues, reading and writing, coffee, and being able to do 5 consecutive pull-ups at once. Topics we discuss with Annie include: Her background in running Collegiate experience at Centre College Her psychology degree and minor in gender studies--both which greatly inform and influence her experience as a professional runner Recent IG post about not identifying as an elite runner and the role body image plays in the sport: Life outside of work Doing pull-ups and the role that strength training plays in her training
November 2, 2020
Episode 141: Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel on Running as a Platform for Advocacy, Finding your Voice + Passion, and Intersectionality in Social Justice
About Jordan: Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel is a member of the Kul Wicasa (wee-chah-shah) Lakota and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. She is an advocate for Indian Country and all people. Jordan is the founder and organizer of Rising Hearts, an Indigenous led grassroots group designed to elevate awareness of Indigenous issues, and the intersectionality of all movements impacting brown, black and Indigenous communities. The group helps to uplift and center Indigenous voices and efforts, while building collaborative partnerships to accomplish equitable and just treatment of all people and the Earth through targeted organizing and advocacy. Currently, Jordan is using her running platform to help raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives by dedicating the miles she runs to a missing or murdered Indigenous person, with the #RunningForJustice, and is now intersecting this effort and prayers for Black Lives Matter and calling an end to police brutality. Recently, she climbed the highest peak in the lower 48, carrying 22 names in prayer for missing and murdered Indigenious women (MMIW) for 22 miles. She is among many Indigenous people working to elevate this crisis and to bring justice to the families and victims. Jordan has launched Mitakuye Oyasin (Mee- tah-koo-yay Oy-yah-seen)(which means We Are All Related), a COVID19 relief program for Indigenous communities, to send masks to Indigenous relatives and communities in order to help protect and keep the communities safe. She is sponsored by Altra Team Elite and is an ambassador for Ultimate Direction. Questions asked in this episode: • What's been going on lately -you just wrapped up the Indigenous Peoples Day Virtual Race series and also recently hosted the Running for the Health of All Nations virtual 5k to raise money for COVID relief efforts for Indigenous people.   • Your family has a deep history of running, how did your family influence your start in running? • Your passion in life is an activist and advocate for Native people, the earth, climate, and future generations--how did you become involved and find your voice to bring awareness to these areas? • “Running is my art form. Running is my way to give back. Running is how I offer what I have to give to something that I believe in.” - Jordan Marie Daniel (Popsugar article) Through these words running is much more powerful than the simple act of placing one foot in front of the other. How does running serve as your art form and provide greater meaning to the work you do? • November is Native American Heritage Month and in honor of the month one event your organization, Rising Hearts, is organizing is Indigenous Wellness Through Movement. What do you hope to shed light on through this event?  • What advice would you give to others who are searching for their passion and finding something to commit to in life? • You refer to the work you do as heart work, this shares such a special connection to your mind/body/spirit and the work you’re doing. How does this connection help to ground you during emotionally heavy times? • What is your vision for the future in terms of running becoming a more inclusive space and community for all as well as a platform for advocacy? • What has been bringing you joy lately? • What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Jordan: Instagram: @nativein_LA Support Jordan + Her Heart Work: Mentioned in the episode: Alison Desir @alisonmdesir
October 29, 2020
Episode 140: Kathleen Ralls, PhD, on Empowering Girls and Women Through Girls Gotta Run Foundation
Kathleen Ralls is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (BA), American University (MAT), and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (PhD). She is an award-winning public educator with 15 years experience in multiple states and countries including Norway, where she was a Fulbright Foundation Roving Scholar of American Studies. Prior to teaching, Kathleen was a sports writer for a local newspaper. She has coached a variety of sports including field hockey, basketball, softball, and track & field. Kathleen lives in Massachusetts with her husband and cat, where she is the slowest runner in her household. How did you get your start in running? Foundation for everything that she did Soccer, as well Running and keeping herself in shape was the key to her success 20s-30s - about herself and clearing her head SRC Run Series Set some goals for the summer Running with family Amazing That people are just getting out and running -How did you get involved in GGR and what has this experience been like for you? Reached out to former director Through her doctoral program Passion project -Tell us more about your unique career path! What inspired you to pursue your many degrees and a career in education? Doctorate - limitless in education What will set her apart? UMass Lowell - had a program Very involved in voting Civics education Gender equity issues in international countries Sports, girls, women’s equity -I see the world through gender Personal and research level Men have the advantage in sports...this angered her Publicity and attention of male athletes What about the females? -Her work with GGR and research Wilder Retreat Wanted to continue running Academic writing...not sure what she wanted to do Had to sit with it for about 6 months Kept field notes and Applied to over 100 jobs Instead, what could she do with this research? Novel about Ethiopian girl runners “How could we ever forget?” - minute 23 - quote for Instagram New theory on creating voice and empowerment Creating a curriculum to have girls reflect on their voice What are the skills that they are developing as athletes Sport - ticket to having a voice and confidence -When did you get involved in coaching and what has been your favorite sport to coach? High school sports Spent time writing at the local paper -What advice would you give to your younger self? Do not take yourself so seriously Value in learning Avoiding perfectionism What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? “I think for me it means walking out my backdoor every morning to go for a run.” Get back, get moving consistently - for mental and physical health
October 26, 2020
Episode 139: Natalie Mitchell, 3:05 Marathoner on Balancing Motherhood, Embracing Community and Inclusivity
Natalie Mitchell is a Los Angeles based running coach, 12 time marathoner and mom to three athletic and zany kids. When she is not working with a client or chasing after her kids, you'll find her running on the roads or high up in the mountains near her home. Natalie also loves to cook healthy meals, bake and read in her spare time. Questions we ask Natalie include: How did you get your start in running? You've accomplished quite a bit -- from running over 12 marathons to coaching countless runners! What inspired you to start sharing your journey through blogging and eventually get into coaching? Having suffered from complications during pregnancy (covered in a Runner's World article back in 2014), how did you overcome this challenge, stay positive, and eventually return to running? Any tips for new mothers or those who are pregnant on continuing their running? You've been active in the running community for quite some time and spoken out about topics that matter, both to you and the running community. How have you seen (or have you seen) a shift in the running community addressing BLM over the past several months? What is your vision for the future in terms of running becoming a more inclusive space for all, and also for girls and women? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Natalie: @natrunsfar (IG) (website)
October 19, 2020
Episode 138: Erin Teschuk on Lasting Happiness and Health as Keys to Professional Running
"The greatest way to find lasting success is to find happiness and health in all areas of your life." - Erin Teschuk Erin Teschuk is a professional Canadian runner, 2016 Olympian in the steeplechase and former North Dakota State University DI athlete. She was featured in our "How the Pros Fuel" series on the blog and has been up to quite a bit since then! Questions we ask Erin include: How did you get started in running? What was growing up in Canada like? Differences in racing/training there versus in the states? Experience running in college -- how did you choose your university? What was running in North Dakota like? Since graduating, how have you navigated the post-collegiate running world? What does life look like in and outside of running? You are a 7x NCAA First Team All American and represented your country in the Steeplechase in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro -- very impressive! To someone with big goals like these, what would you say are a few factors that helped you achieve these goals? What were a few of your biggest lessons learned along the way? Have you ever been injured (short or long term) and if so, how did you handle these setbacks? We featured you on SRC in our “How the Pros Fuel” series, where you spoke about body image. From comparison to disordered eating and RED-S, these are all-too rampant in the running world. Is this something you have ever struggled with? Where are you finding silver linings right now and/or motivation to keep going? Advice you would give to your younger self?* 29 min What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
October 15, 2020
Episode 137: Adrienne Langelier on Body Image, Mindset, and More
Today we bring back on Adrienne Langelier, LPC, MA, and mental performance professional to discuss important topics: body image, mindset, and more!
October 12, 2020
Episode 136: Rebecca Mehra on Running for Oiselle, Political Activism, and Life Outside of Sport
Rebecca Mehra is a Pro runner for @oiselle & @runlittlewing 🏃🏻‍♀, Public policy nerd 🤓, Stanford Alum🌲, and lives in📍Bend, OR. “Because as a running community we seem to be far more comfortable talking about races rather than race.” - Quote from Rebecca Questions we ask Rebecca include: We just wrapped up the Oiselle Womxn Run the Vote! Tell us a bit more about this and what you’re up to! How did you get your start in running? You shared in a recent podcast with Ali (Ali on the Run) that you thrive when having multiple tasks to be involved with rather than solely just running because you experienced a few injuries during college. Could you share with us more about the importance of finding other activities other than running? What sparked your interest in studying international relations and communications? What have been some of the most rewarding projects you’ve been involved with during your career? How have you been adapting to training without having many (if any) races on the calendar and stayed motivated? What do you hope to share with other female identifying runners who see you running in the spotlight and hopefully soon -- the Olympics? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Listener questions: Favorite pre/post race meal? Favorite time of day to train? What suggestions do you have for those looking to get involved in BLM, social justice, and/or activism in their communities?
October 8, 2020
Episode 135: Coach Denise Sauriol, the Marathon Whisperer, on Marathon Training, Coaching, and Community
Coach/Athlete/Motivational Speaker- Denise Sauriol Coach Denise, aka, the Marathon Whisperer™ has been coaching runners of all abilities since 2010.   She started coaching after surviving a near fatal car accident. It was her way of giving back to running for what it has given and continues to give to her.  She is a certified running coach through USATF & Road Runners Club of America. Denise has been running since the 4th grade and is still best friends with the sport. Back in 1994, she ran her first marathon. That finish line turned the “I Can’t!” into “What else can I do?!” It led her to do other things that she was SCITED (Scared + Excited) about. This includes but is not limited to completing 2 Ironman races when she is still deathly afraid of open water, skydiving and bungee jumping even though she is afraid of heights, taking improv classes to get over her fear of public speaking and most recently, she left her 26-year career in accounting to coach full-time. This life-igniting feeling generated from doing something she did not think she could do is what she aims to share with runners and future runners.  Helping someone do something that they did not think they could do ignites her soul! To date, she has run 118 Marathons (including 12 Boston Marathons), Back to Back Comrades, 2 Ironman and 2 100-milers. She has completed the Abbott World Marathon Majors twice.  After completing the Mt. Everest Marathon and the Patagonia Marathon in 2019, Denise became a member of the Seven Continents Club. In 2018, she published her first book, “Me, You & 26.2 – Coach Denise’s Guide to Get YOU to YOUR first marathon”  Personal Achievements: 25 X Chicago Marathon Finisher 118 X Marathon Finisher (First Marathon 4:28, Personal Best 3:15) 32 X Boston Marathon Qualifier 2008 Chicago Marathon Woman's Illinois Masters Champion 2008 Antarctica Marathon - 3rd Place Female Co-Founder Girls on the Run Chicago Grand Canyon Rim2Rim2Rim Finisher Completed 300+ road races to date Comrades Back to Back Finisher Connect with Denise: Email: Website: Instagram: Facebook Page Facebook Group:
October 5, 2020
Episode 134: All Things Trail, Ultra, and Obstacle Course Racing with Megan and Kelsey
In this episode, Kelsey interviews Megan Flanagan, Founder of Strong Runner Chicks, avid trail/OCR runner and strength/running coach. They cover obstacle course racing and trail running in more depth, including: Differences between trail, ultra, and obstacle course races -- and how to train for each How to start trail running Beginner-friendly trails in Portland, OR Gear for trail and ultra running Strength training and how to incorporate it into your routine And much more! Big thanks to our friends at @FEMProtein for their support. Use code "SRC15" for 15% off! You can also check out Crafted Energy's new Runner Bars and save 30% with code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS30"!
September 28, 2020
Episode 133: Sam Murphy on Coaching, Post-Collegiate Running, and Staying Patient While Pursuing Goals
In this episode, we interview Sam Murphy, an Olympic hopeful 800m runner for Canada training in San Diego. Sam is a Division I All-American for University of Illinois/University of Oregon and part of NCAA winning team at University of Oregon. She is looking to transition from athlete to NCAA coach over the next few years (exciting announcement in this episode!) while still chasing her own running goals.
September 21, 2020
Episode 132: Rachel Naar, R.D. on Food Intolerances, Breaking Free From Nutrition Rules, and More
In this episode, we chat with Rachel Naar, R.D., where we cover everything from gluten-free diets to food psychiatry and how to balance a healthy relationship with food and running. Rachel writes, "I'm a decaf coffee-loving Leo with a passion for people, places, running, Motown music, and especially health and nutrition. I enjoy long romantic walks down the produce aisle, and am a fiber fiend and tree nut-allergic smoked salmon fanatic. I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, currently covering the psychiatric unit, post-op surgery, and cardiac general health floors at Mount Sinai West. I have an undergraduate degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Theater. After a couple stints in marketing and sales, I was itching to get back to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture and Education. I completed my dietetic internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia." Questions we ask Rachel include: Why did you start running and what do you enjoy about it? You have a unique pathway to becoming an RD. Can you talk about that? Can you tell me more about why you started Rachel Naar Nutrition and the food philosophy you base your practice on? What influenced your food philosophy? Can you explain what nutritional psychiatry is and how you got interested in it? What is some interesting research in this field? How do you individualize your approach for each client? What is a common challenge that you see these clients face? I also think it’s interesting that you help people with food intolerances and allergies, and I know that it’s something you’ve dealt with in your own life. Have your intolerances or allergies ever affected your relationship with food? Do you have any advice for runners on how to maintain a healthy relationship with food and fuel themselves correctly when it might be a little bit trickier? What is something that you’re excited for that you’re working on? Where can our listeners find you? Show notes: Body Respect - good book to start Gratitude letter to future self - activity for body positivity You can connect with Rachel at or
September 14, 2020
Episode 131: Empowering Girls on the Run with Mavia Haight and Amy Fennell from GOTR Portland
Welcome to this episode with GOTR PDX (Girls on the Run Portland) members, Mavia Haight and Amy Fennell! We discuss how and why they joined GOTR, what keeps them involved, how they're adapting during COVID-19, the work they do to support girls, how you can get involved, and more! Learn more about GOTR Portland at: Join us next Sunday, September 13th at 4:30 PST for a Girls Running Book Club Discussion: EventBrite link. Oiselle Womxn Run the Vote Relay: Join our Oiselle Womxn Run the Vote Relay Team to support Black Lives! We still have spots available HERE: Show Partner (we are open to sponsors): Thank you, FEM Protein Powder for partnering with SRC! Save 15% off at FEM Protein Powder with code "STRONGRUNCHICKS".
September 7, 2020
Episode 130: Erin Menefee on Qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials after Open Heart Surgery
Erin Menefee is a 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifier, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with an incredible story to share about how she qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. You can read her article at and follow her on Instagram @emenfee. Our SRC hats bonus deal has been extended through September... Anyone who leaves a quick iTunes review (and sends us a message) will receive 30% off a SRC cap! We'll also be drawing for a free cap on a quarterly (or more frequent) basis for Patreon supporters :) Shoutout to FEM Protein for their partnership. Use code "LABORDAY" to save 20% on their Labor Day sale! Would you like to partner with SRC or sponsor the podcast? Feel free to reach out to us at!
August 31, 2020
Episode 129: Danielle Snyder, LCSW, on Self-Talk, Shifting Mindset, and Ultra Running
Danielle is a licensed social worker, running coach, and mindset coach. Through her business, Inner Drive Athlete, Danielle helps athletes with mental training, including self-talk, discovering their strengths, run coaching, and more. You can find more about Danielle at or on Instagram @diellesmells.
August 24, 2020
Episode 128: Elizabeth Carey on Being a Writer, Runner, Coach, and Author of Girls Running
Elizabeth Carey is a freelance writer and running coach. Her work has been published by The New York Times, Runner's World, Trail Runner, PodiumRunner, and DyeStat, and her first book is due out in August (GIRLS RUNNING, VeloPress). Her running journey started in 1999 on the Cleveland High School track team in Oregon. She ran Division I cross country and track for Columbia University and has coached at all levels of the sport. She explores trail and ultrarunning in Seattle, Washington, where she lives with her husband and cat. You can visit Elizabeth’s website at Questions we ask Elizabeth include: How did you each get started running? What was your path like growing up and going off to high school and college?You've coached a number of athletes, including DI high-performing teams. What is your favorite part about the coaching process and do you have any favorite stories or highlights in your coaching career? You spoke yesterday at the Wildwood Wednesday about helping girls race with their periods and the importance of having one. Can you speak more on this and how coaches can help talk about these topics with their athletes? We hear you’re working on a new book (Girls Running)! Can you tell us a bit more about this and what to expect? What is your vision for female athletes, coaching, and/or distance running in the future? Advice you would give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any coaches and/or people you’d like to nominate for the podcast? Girls Running Book Club Chat: Be sure to join us for the book club discussion on Monday, August 31st at 4:30 PT, 7:30 ET! Send an email to to receive an invite. You can order your copy of Girls Running and save 15% with code "SRC15". Show Partner Shoutout: Big thanks to our friends at FEM Protein Powder for their support! Be sure to use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off your order.
August 17, 2020
Episode 127: Alana Sesow on Pursuing a Love for Running, Collegiate Experience, and Becoming More Than a Runner
Alana Sesow is a photographer, blogger and recently retired college runner from Lincoln, Nebraska. In May 2020, Alana graduated summa cum laude from Augustana University (S.D.) with bachelor's degrees in journalism and media studies. This fall, she plans on volunteer coaching cross country for her alma mater, Lincoln East High School, while continuing to impact the running community through mentorship and storytelling. Though Alana faced several athletic setbacks at Augustana, she now considers her imperfect competitive running journey to be a blessing. While navigating the ups and downs of collegiate distance running, Alana discovered a passion for sports photography, became a more empathetic teammate and learned to pursue a love for running rather than a love for being good at running. Most importantly, Alana developed a stronger relationship with God, whose Word says that she is unconditionally loved by the Creator of the universe. No amount of medals -- or lack thereof -- will change that truth. Alana is grateful to have participated in two high-achieving running programs that value their athletes as people first, runners second. She would like to thank her coaches and teammates at both Augustana University and Lincoln East High School for their constant love and support. Connect with Alana and on Twitter @alanasesow
August 13, 2020
Episode 126: Shoshana Gordon on Healthy Exercise, Positive Body Image, and Empowering Young Girls
Shoshana is dedicated to helping individuals make healthy lifestyle changes. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor and holds a Master’s in Social Work. Two of her areas of focus are 1) working with youth to help them create, develop and lead balanced lives; and 2) helping individuals who feel stuck, or like they’ve tried everything, find new ways to motivate and/ or challenge themselves to meet their goals. Shoshana's background includes working with individuals struggling with body image and disordered eating. She is dedicated to helping individuals make the changes they want to see both physically and mentally. Shoshana was born & raised in California, but Oregon has been her home for close to 30 years. She enjoys running, especially in organized races and spending time with her two girls and dog Tiger Lily. Facebook: Topics we discuss include: -How Shoshana got her start in running -Her path into personal training / the fitness and wellness space -Why she is passionate about working with young women and girls, specifically -- and the work that she does to empower them -How she is currently navigating COVID and finding the silver linings -Advice she would give to your younger self -What being a Strong Runner Chick means to her
August 10, 2020
Episode 125: Courtney Dauwalter on Ultra Running, Training Intuitively, and Staying Positive
In this episode, we interview ultra running legend Courtney Dauwalter, where we chat about training without a set schedule, listening to her body, staying mentally positive, and conquering new challenges!
August 3, 2020
Episode 124: Margaret Spring on Trail Running and Creating a Strong Community
In this episode, we chat with Margaret Spring (@runner4cake) about her running career, life, creating a community of women runners, and more! 
July 27, 2020
Episode 123: Obsie Birru on Being an American-Ethiopian, Finding the Why and Joy in Running, and Giving Back to the Community
Obsie Birru is an Ethiopian born American raised, enrollment adviser at university, graduate student, 5x NAIA National Champion, 18x All American, and part of team USA 2018 Pan American Cross-Country team.  You can connect with her on Instagram at: Questions we ask Obsie Include… How did you get your start in running? What was the collegiate transition like? How did you make this choice? You mentioned that your coach cared about you as a “person first, runner second.” Tell us a bit more about this and why it was important to you. You mentioned that running is like a language that unites us. Can you speak more to this and how you see running as a way to bring us together? What was the post-collegiate transition like for you, as well as your performance at CIM? You have a passion for working with younger athletes. What do you enjoy about working with youth runners? What knowledge and lessons do you try to instill in them? You write on your IG profile, “Different is beautiful. I rather be weird than be one of the herd. Ethiopian born American raised proud to be both.” How do you embrace both your Ethiopian roots and American life? We noticed you are involved with ChildServe! Tell us a bit more about this, as well as any other organizations you are involved with. How do you find ways to give back to running? What advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
July 20, 2020
Episode 122: Empowering Women Athletes Panel with Carolyn Su, Lucy Bartholomew, Natalie Mitchell, Shawanna White, and Tessa Chesser
This episode is part of our Summer 2020 Virtual Race Series, with the theme "Why I Run." Check out our virtual race series HERE. Our incredible lineup of women panelists include: Carolyn Su (creator of @diversewerun) Lucy Bartholomew  Natalie Mitchell  Tessa Chesser  Shawanna White Be sure to give each of them a follow! Episode Partner: This episode is brought to you in part by empowering women-brands, including plant-based protein, FEM Protein Powder. Give them a follow @femproteinpowder and use code "STRONGRUNNERCHICKS" for 15% off!
July 13, 2020
Episode 121: Cortney Berling, R.D., Military Spouse, Mom, and Owner of Eat Well Perform Better LLC.
Cortney Berling is a military spouse, mom to 8 month old Carly, and entrepreneur of Eat Well Perform Better LLC. She is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics and a Masters in Public Health. Cortney ran track and cross country at The University of Cincinnati and has continued to run competitively for Prado Racing Team in San Diego and the Western Mass Distance Project. In addition to her own personal training, she has been a coach for the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School Girls Cross Country team, Girls on the Run, and Girls with Sole. When not running or working you can find Cortney hiking on the local trails with her Golden Retriever, Murphy, paddle boarding on the river, camping in the mountains, or spending time with her family. Learn more about Courtney's upcoming nutrition group coaching program: SRC listeners can receive a 15% discount with the code SRC15 (valid until 7/22)!
July 9, 2020
Episode 120: Ariane Hendrix on Running a sub-2:45 Virtual Marathon, Setting Big Goals, and Repping Altra Footwear
Ariane's Bio: "I’m originally from Ventura, CA but recently moved to Detroit, MI. I have a twin sister and my mom is a back-up singer for Barry Manilow. I went to high and junior college in California before spending 1 year at UNC Pembroke on a basketball scholarship and then transferring to Minot State in North Dakota to finish my career and become and all-American. I am a tech rep for Altra footwear. After trying out for the pros overseas and not making a team, I fell in love with running because my dad always thought I would be a runner and since his passing it’s a way I still feel connected to him. My PRs are for the marathon 2:44:30 which I just ran in the virtual Pittsburgh marathon May 3 2020, 1:22 half marathon, 36:56 10k and 17:32 5k." Questions we ask Ariane include: You have quite the background in athletics, having played basketball and an all-American in college! Tell us more about your experience growing up and getting involved in sports. How has your family played a role in your life and/or running career? What was your experience running a virtual marathon like? Congrats on an amazing 10 minute PR in the virtual marathon. What shifts in your training and mindset do you believe helped you to accomplish that? Having tried out several distances, what has been your favorite thus far? What do you enjoy most about being a tech rep for Altra? How does your life look outside of running? Is there anything you are currently most focused on and/or silver linings you've found during these challenging times? What advice would you give your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?
July 6, 2020
Episode 119: Becky Hagedorn on the Joys of Coaching, Learning for Life, and Normalizing Mental Health
Becky Hagedorn is a 23-year old finishing her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Xavier University. In addition to her academics, Becky has the privilege of being an assistant cross country coach at her alma mater, Ursuline. Becky began running track and field her sophomore year at Ursuline and then expanded to run cross country as well. Recently, Becky paired her two passions, running and mental health, to plan a 5k race that centered around ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. In this episode, Kelsey and Becky discuss all things coaching, learning for life, and normalizing mental health!
June 29, 2020
Episode 118: Randi Whitley on Finding Community in Trail Running, TransRockies, and Believing in Yourself
Randi is an adventurer at heart. Calling Colorado and the trails that wind through it home, Randi thrives exploring this great world with her own two feet. Ultra running is her primary discipline and she enjoys embracing the process of training - the countless hours exploring, getting lost, challenging herself, and seeking new adventures. While she spends the majority of her time running, she also enjoys traveling abroad with her husband, backpacking and skiing with their husky pup, and learning their newest hobby, mountain biking! An accountant by day, a true weekend warrior at heart, and an advocate for promoting women in trail running and the great outdoors in between; you can find her sipping on an IPA, and playing cribbage when her legs just can't go anymore. Her race accomplishments include finishing first at TransRockies 6 day stage race in 2019 in the women’s open team category. She is excited to get back to racing in 2021.  Some of her favorite places to run include Switzerland, The Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains.  She is excited to explore Zion National Park, Moab, and Arizona in the coming year. You can find her on Instagram @randi_whitley and Facebook: Randi Whitley Questions we ask Randi include: Take us back to your early days. How did you get your start in running and/or athletics? Tell us a little bit about your path into trail running and the ultra scene. Congrats on finishing first at the TransRockies 6-day stage race in 2019 in the women’s open team category! What was this experience like? You travel quite a bit! How have you navigated this time without many races and the ability to travel? What are some lessons you’ve learned from your experiences traveling and favorite places you’ve been / trails you’ve run? During SRC, we talk a lot about embracing our strength, body image, and mental well-being. Is this something you have ever been challenged with, and if so, how have you found ways to help? You’ve started a pretty awesome community / IG account (Women of Running) and speak to the role. Can you speak more on this, your group runs, and the role that community plays in running? What does your life look like outside of running? And/or what is currently making you thrive? Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? What does being “Strong” mean / look like to you? Be sure to register for our Virtual Race Series, happening July-August 2020!
June 22, 2020
Episode 117: Melody Fairchild on Empowering Girls Running, Standing Up For Yourself, and Keys to Longevity
Melody Fairchild, one of America’s fastest high school girl runners ever, has spent the last two decades empowering girls with tools and self-knowledge to remain healthy, happy runners. Melody takes a comprehensive approach to life and running. She addresses the unique issues adolescent girls face in today’s culture, as well as the latest research on training and nutrition. Her first book,  co-authored With Elizabeth Carey, is due out in August. Titled “Girls Running,” it is a comprehensive and inspirational guide for girls who run. She and Elisabeth are proud to be the first to deliver such a guide to girls empowering them to trust their bodies and the physiological processes unique to females as they pursue their running journeys. Melody also directs the Boulder Mountain Warriors youth running club in Boulder Colorado. Her teams perennially qualify for the national junior Olympic cross country championships while learning to have fun and honor the process as they do. She is currently pursuing a Masters in teaching English to 7th to 12th graders and is excited to continue her camp and coaching of youth. Her four-year-old son Dakota is her greatest joy and teacher. She, Dakota and her husband Glen, live in Lyons Colorado. Questions include: How did you each get your start in running? What was your path like growing up and going off to high school and college? What was the pre/post collegiate transition like for you? How and when did you start coaching? How about your girls running camps? You spoke at the SRC Retreat in 2018 about your experience as a female athlete and how important it is to be good to our bodies. Can you speak more to this message and your story of standing up for yourself and teammates? We hear you’re working on a new book and speaking at the Wildwood Running Clinic in August! Can you tell us more about this and anything else you are currently working on? What is your vision for female athletes in the future? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any coaches and/or people you’d like to nominate for the podcast? Connect with Melody and learn more about her camps, as well as her book release at Purchase Your Copy of Girls Running: Take 15% off Girls Running at with code "GirlsRunningSRC" This episode is also the week of our Summer Virtual Race Series! Join us for a 5k, 10k, half marathon, vertical mile (or any combination!) throughout July-September. Every participant will have access to a series of virtual workshops, as well as be entered into a raffle for some giveaway prizes. Find out more information and register below:
June 15, 2020
Episode 116: Black Girls Run CEO Jay Ell Alexander on Community Building, Breaking Down Barriers, and Bringing Women Together
This week we're featuring Jay Ell Alexander, CEO of Black Girls Run. You can find more information and visit their website at Mission: Black Girls RUN! wants to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. *BRG has over 70 clubs and 200,000 members throughout the globe; joining BGR is free! Questions we ask Jay include: What inspired you to start running? We know you’ve run all distances of races from marathons to 5ks. How did you become involved with Black Girls Run? How did your involvement with the program grow? With the recent COVID pandemic, BGR has shifted some programming via online and social media platforms. How has this programming and the check-ins you’ve been doing helped to continue to foster community and conversation during difficult times? The role that the community plays for BGR is very evident. What are some challenges you/BGR has faced with such a large community and anything that has helped you get through them? All women are encouraged to join and support BGR, what is a vision you have for the future with BGR and other female running communities across the globe? Outside of BGR and running, what do you enjoy doing? We know you are a recent published author! What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? How can others support BGR and/or become involved? (
June 10, 2020
Episode 115: Paige Carter from Usually on the Run talks Collegiate Running, Loving the Process, and Enjoying Every Moment
Bio: From Paige: "I was born and raised in San Diego! I've always loved running from a young age and it was always something I did for fun growing up. My Dad and my brother were both runners and I looked up to them a lot so I think my interest for the sport started there. I competed in lots of track meets in elementary school but I started youth xc/track in 7th grade and that’s when I really fell in love with the competitive aspect of the sport. I ran xc/track at San Marcos High School where I learned a lot about discipline, dedication, and how to have fun with the sport. My teammates there are people who I consider my life long friends now and my memories running in high school are ones I will cherish forever. I was lucky enough to earn a spot on the UCLA xc/track team and am currently in my 3rd year here. I've run 21:10 across the 6k, 4:52 in the mile, and 2:13 in the 800. Here, I have learned the importance of consistency, loving the process, and rolling with the punches. I am so grateful for my time here at UCLA and am wishing that it will never end! Most recently I've started an Instagram account called Usually On The Run where I am working towards creating a community around distance running, as it’s played such a special role in my life. I love to be involved within the sport wherever I can whether that’s working youth track camps over summer, coaching kids, meeting up with runners from all around, or staying educated within the sport." Highlights include: “Everybody has a story" - 25 min~ Hardships/challenges  - 27 min Handling this time - 38 min Advice to self -- enjoy every moment - 42 min Loving the process, loving yourself at every moment in this process - 43 min
June 1, 2020
Episode 114: Jess Parker from Form in Focus on Identifying as a Runner, Getting Started, and Her Grit Coaching Guide
Bio: Jess is a tooth nerd turned lover of movement. She’s a Pacific Northwest native who spends as much time as possible on trails with her two dogs and traveling, when the world isn’t on lockdown. She works as both a dental hygienist and a run and lifting coach. She lives to teaching fellow badass ladies how to run and lift their way to an empowered life. Connect with Jess @forminfocus on Instagram or visit her website,
May 25, 2020
Episode 113: Marie Markham and Robyn McGillis of Wildwood Running on Coaching the Female Athlete
Marie and Robyn are long-time runners and high school coaches in the Portland, Oregon area, as well as the founders of Wildwood Running. They have a clinic in August 2020 called Coaching the Young Female Distance Runner. In addition to their coaching and upcoming clinic, they offer a variety of opportunities to bring athletes and coaches together to discuss important topics in our sport. Connect: You can learn more about them and sign up for their clinic at
May 18, 2020
Episode 112: Rachel Belmont on Conquering Your Fears, Ultra Running, Skydiving, and Giving Back
Rachel's Bio: Rachel is a 23 year old accelerated nursing student at Rutgers New Brunswick, a competitive Ultramarathoner, and a Licensed Skydiver. She has run a variety of race distances, ranging from marathons on 4/7 of the continents (in remote locations like Tunisia and deserts of Jordan) to 100 miles (most recently, she completed the 2019 Keys 100 miler and won the 2019 NJ One Day 24 Hour Race-finishing 106 miles after walking the last 2.5 hours with a hurt foot). Some of her biggest up and coming goals include becoming one of the few women to complete the Mt. Everest Ultramarathon next May (following in Vivian Lee’s footsteps as the first American woman last year) and one of the youngest females to complete Badwater 135 within the next few years. Questions we ask Rachel include: How did you get your start in running? Given that we’re currently in COVID-19, we wanted to highlight and commend you on your fundraising efforts (which we’ll get more into), as well as being a nursing student! What led you to pursue this path, and where do you hope to work upon graduation? From tackling ultramarathons to skydiving, you have had quite the number of experiences! What inspires you to embark on these feats? Do you ever get afraid before attempting to skydive or run an ultra? How do you battle through fear and sum up the courage to tackle these challenges? What has been your proudest moment in your ultramarathon / skydiving / or outside career thus far? You’ve raised money for a number of charities and volunteered your time and races in generous ways. What advice would you give to listeners wanting to get more involved in their communities and give back? How are you currently finding a silver lining in COVID-19? What’s been keeping you going? Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a SRC mean to you? Connect with Rachel on Instagram at @_skyrnr_ or at:
May 13, 2020
Episode 111: Haley Markos, Podcast Host of Triple Knot, on Collegiate Running, Mental Health, and Sharing Stories
Haley Markos is wrapping up her final weeks as a student at Smith College in Massachusetts where she completed four years of cross country, three years of track, and one year of swimming. A New Hampshire native, Haley started competitive swimming and running in fifth grade and pursued triathlon throughout high school. While pursuing her degree in engineering, Haley explored her interest in making physical activity more inclusive through research in prosthetics and wearable robotic devices. However, it has been during her work with youth running programs that Haley has discovered what she aspires to pursue as a career -- coaching. Her personal experiences with mental health and eating disorders, ambition to use sport as a way to spark change in the world, and her overall zeal for all things running led her to start her own podcast, Triple Knot, as a space for female collegiate runners to share their own stories. Links to the podcast: · Apple Podcasts o · Spotify o Instagram: @markoshaley Email:
May 11, 2020
Episode 110: Ragen Chastain on Body Size and Privilege, Ditching Fatphobia, and Health at Every Size
Ragen was scheduled to be a guest at our 2020 SRC Retreat and will now be a speaker at our June 2021 Retreat -- while we are bummed to have to postpone, we are beyond excited to have her joining us! Learn more about her below. Bio: Ragen Chastain is a speaker, writer, and thought leader in the fields of Body Image, Health at Every Size, Inclusion In Sport, and Corporate Wellness. She is the author of the blog, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, and co-founder of the Fit Fatties Forum. Ragen has brought her signature mix of humor and hard facts to stages around the world, and writes for outlets including espnW, Glamour, and a monthly series in US News & World report about athletes breaking stereotypes. She has been featured as an expert internationally on radio, television and documentary film, and was recently a featured athlete in the Olympic Channels Body+ video series. She is an ACE Certified Health Coach and Functional Fitness Specialist, three-time National champion dancer, and two-time marathoner who holds the Guinness World Record for Heaviest Woman to Complete a Marathon. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their adorable dog, and is training for her first (and only!) iron-distance triathlon. Self-described: *Speaker, Writer, Activist, Athlete, Fatty, Budding Comic *NEDA Ambassador *she/her Resources:
May 7, 2020
Episode 109: Alayna Horvath on Investing in Life, Her Path to Becoming an RD, and Finding Gratitude
About Alayna: Alayna Horvath is a young, forward-thinking Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. She has been dedicated to helping others with their health after her father's passing from colon cancer as a child, and therefore, has spent most of her life studying nutrition. As a long distance runner herself for more than ten years, she is passionate about educating female endurance athletes how to properly nourish their bodies and minds to run their absolute best, without restriction of any sort. This includes quicker recoveries, improving performance, injury prevention, and having a harmonious relationship with food. Alayna loves exploring the world, building close relationships, trying new foods, and living a fulfilling life. Questions Asked in this Episode: We know you enjoy long distance running, how did you get your start in running? How has movement changed for you during the years? You always tend to find the light in the toughest of situations. How do you approach life? You recently became an RD, what was that process like for you? What inspired you to pursue this path? Who do you hope to work with as an RD? What advice do you have for someone navigating body image issues? What is one of your favorite recipes? Easy go to lunch/dinner recipes? What is currently bringing you joy? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Connect with Alayna:  Instagram: @alaynaflan
May 4, 2020
Episode 108: Emma Zimmerman on Eating Disorders, Sustainability, and Changing Conversation into Action
Emma is a writer and activist currently based outside of Chicago. Through her writing, Emma explores topics of women in endurance sports, sustainable farming, and environmental justice. Her work has been featured in Women’s Running, the Sacramento Press, and Girl Talk HQ. Originally from the East Coast, Emma is thrilled to return to New York to pursue an MFA in Nonfiction Writing this fall. You can follow her on Instagram @emma_zimmerman or at
April 30, 2020
Episode 107: Rachel Rae Drake on Paving Your Own Way, Finding the Joy in Running, and The Magic of Community
Rachel’s Bio: Rachel is in the 23rd grade at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She spent the first 17 grades in Minnesota, originally at White Bear Lake High School and eventually the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing her MD/PhD focusing on fat metabolism in infants and intends to specialize in pediatrics/neonatology. Running has taken different forms throughout the years, but currently she is enjoying running with friends in wild places with Nikes on her feet and an Osprey pack on her pack. She is a proud plant mom to a fern named Milford and sensitive plant named Mims, coach, wife to a really great man and owner of beloved 1991 Toyota Previa, "Mr. B." Questions we ask Rachel include: Take us back to your early days! How did you get your start in distance running? You and I were both golden gophers at the U of M (ski U mah)! What were your collegiate running days like? (college selection process; favorite running events, academic major, life outside of running)? How did this experience set the foundation for your transition out West and getting into road/trail/ultra running? What led you to move to Portland from Minnesota, and how have you found a running community out here? You have hit some major milestones in your post-collegiate running career! From the USATF Mountain Running Championships to joining the Nike Pro Trail Team to qualifying & racing at the Olympic Trials, what have been a few keys to your success? Where do you hope to take things over the next year and few years? You recently qualified and ran at the Olympic Trials -- amazing!! What was this experience like for you, from qualifying to training and racing? Any major takeaways? What would you say is your “why” behind running? A major part of SRC is empowering female distance runners by sharing our stories, both successes and struggles. Have you had any major challenges or obstacles in your running career (that you feel comfortable sharing) and if so, how have those shaped you, both as a runner and as a person? As a coach with Trails & Tarmac, what is your process like for coaching athletes & what are some major lessons, running philosophy, and/or training principles you like to share with your athletes? In light of all that is happening in the world, how do you find the silver lining? Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you? Any final shout-outs, sponsors, ways that our listeners can connect with you? Connect with Rachel: @RachRaeDrake on Instagram Website: UltraSideHustle Shout-outs to Nike Trail Team, Osprey, Spring Energy, and so many others!
April 27, 2020
Episode 106: Haleigh Fisher on Mental Well-Being, Eating Disorder Resources, and Handling Tough Times
Haleigh Fisher is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, Texas. She owns a private practice, Grapevine Wellness Center, where she specializes in working with those struggling with eating disorders as well as with athletes. Her passion to work with eating disorders and athletes grew out of her own struggle with anorexia and her experiences with collegiate running.She describes herself as being a joy seeker, a trail running adventurer, a celebrator of food, an artist and a lover of people, thrift shopping, and cupcakes. She lives in the Dallas area with her husband, who’s also a therapist, and their blue heeler, Abbie. Connect with Haleigh: @Hales.Fisher
April 23, 2020
Episode 105: Anna Weber on Listening to Your Body, Working from Home, and Prioritizing Your Needs
Bio: Anna Weber is a 2x Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon and online running coach.  Originally from Michigan City, Indiana, Anna began her running career in 6th grade after going out for the cross country team at the insistence of the middle school girl's basketball coach.  She ran for Marquette University, and graduated with a degree in chemistry in 2011.  During graduate school at Indiana University, Anna began dabbling in marathons.  She qualified for the both the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Trials, and has been sponsored by Oiselle since 2015. Connect with Anna: IG: @anna_weber413 Website: Questions asked in this episode:  How did you get your start in running? You’ve mentioned that unlike most runners who identify as being a Type A person you align more with being a Type B person. How does your personality bring a unique perspective to the running world? What was your experience like running in college? How did your experiences in college shape your desire to run professionally? After